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Master Beekeeper Certification Program

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Goals and Objectives

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of beekeeping
  • To increase bee health state wide
  • To support and encourage our regional clubs and their educational goals
  • To provide an objective means for beekeepers to evaluate their skill and understanding of beekeeping
  • To provide opportunity for training and hands-on experience
  • To encourage mentoring relationships and involvement in the beekeeping community
  • To increase public awareness of bees and beekeeping through ambassadorship

The Master Beekeeper Certification Program will consist of three levels: The Apprentice Level, The Journeyman Level, and The Master Level. All beekeepers will enter the program at the Apprentice Level. All participants shall be members in good standing of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, as well as members of a participating regional beekeeping club ( if available).


Apprentice Level

It is the goal of the CSBA to support our regional bee clubs, and, to this end, we encourage training and mentorship for Apprentice Beekeepers to be conducted within the regional clubs. We will provide guidance to clubs as requested but will not mandate. Applicants to the Apprentice Level testing shall have been a beekeeper for at least two years before making application and shall have taken an approved beginning beekeeping class. Progress to the Journey Level will be accomplished by demonstrating basic beekeeping proficiency in a field exam and basic knowledge of beekeeping in a written exam based on the book “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable. An exam fee of $40 is due with the application. The field exam may be accomplished at the regional club with an approved examiner and the written exam may be downloaded and completed at home.

Requirements to apply to take written and field exams

–Have been a beekeeper for at least 2 years

–Have taken an approved Beginning Beekeeping Class

–Pay $40 fee

Requirements of fulfill to graduate Apprentice Level

–Pass field exam

–Pass written exam with score of at least 85%

Please download apprentice application:

*Once you have paid, we will send you a password to login to the page for the exam.





Journeyman Level

Qualify to apply to Journeyman Level

  • Pass written and field exams at Apprentice Level
  • Have been a beekeeper for at least 3 years

Graduate from the Journeyman Level

–Complete and file 12 guided studies, two of which are  on mites

–6 educational credits per year

–30 public service points in 4 categories

–Pass Oral exam with score of 85% or better

–Own and maintain at least one honey bee colony for at least 3 years, submit hive logs, complete the 4 Field Worksheets with a mentor and submit

–Pass written exam with a score of 85%

Optional field training for mentors, hands-on beekeeping workshops, and indoor classes will be offered at additional expense, to help prepare the applicant for the exams, and to fulfill educational credits required.  Testing will be available only at CSBA winter and summer meetings. Application fee $200.



Master Beekeeper Level

Applicants to the Master Level shall have at least 4 years of beekeeping experience and will have completed all requirements for the Apprentice and Journeyman Levels. Completion of the Master Level will include an additional 20 hours of community service and mentoring of one Apprentice Level and one Journeyman Level student, or two other mentees. The Master Student will propose, set up, and complete a scientific research project using his or her own honey bee colonies, submit a written paper on the projects, and present a 15 minute dissertation on it. The research project can be done alone, with another Master Level Student, or with a scientist or commercial beekeeper.

The Master Beekeeper Applicant will chose two areas of proficiency not related to their research project and submit written summaries.

The applicant must pass an oral exam and written exam.  Application fee $100.




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